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Toray, DNA Chip Research to Co-develop High-performance DNA Chip.

Tokyo, Japan, Dec 5, 2005 - (JCN) - Toray and DNA Chip Research jointly announced on December 5 that they have entered into a joint research agreement, whereby the companies will strive to develop a high-performance DNA chip by combining Toray's proprietary DNA chip and DNA Chip Research's technology for synthesizing and designing oligonucleotide DNA.

DNA Chip co-developed that technology with the Research Institute of Genome-Based Biofactory of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Initially, the partners will introduce two types of DNA chips for research. Specifically, they aim to commercialize a comprehensive chip that will carry all genes of yeast (nearly 6,000 genes) in April 2006. Subsequently, they will market a comprehensive chip that will carry 10,000 to 30,000 human genes.

Further, Toray and DNA Chip Research will proceed with research with a view to developing DNA chips for diagnosis of diseases, especially cancer and life-style related diseases, within two years. The two companies expect the DNA chip market to reach 100 billion yen ($833 mil) ten years from now.

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Date:Dec 7, 2005
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